Mary Chappelhow first saw a pot being made at school when she was nine years old and knew from that day she wanted to make pots. She was lucky enough to attend Kirkby Stephen Grammar School and studied ceramics up to A level. In 1997 Mary began a degree course at Cumbria College of Art & Design (now known as the University of Cumbria) and gained a first class honours degree in 2000. She then set up her own ceramics workshop and gallery at the Rheged Discovery Centre, Penrith.
During her time at Rheged she wrote her book “Thrown Pottery Techniques Revealed” as well as setting a Guinness World Record for the most pots thrown on the potter’s wheel in one hour.